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ASCLS 2011 Comes to Atlanta

Published September 30, 2010 9:42 PM by Glen McDaniel

I have been involved in meeting planning before, but this last weekend I was honored to be part of  a group meeting in Atlanta to plan the 2011 ASCLS national meeting. First, Atlanta is a very accessible city, easy to get to and is interesting in its own right as a unique mix of laid-back southern charm and modern city.

The group toured the hotel and convention center and looked at everything from proximity to each other to the layout of the rooms. The meeting rooms have to be large enough to accommodate the expected attendance, and close enough to each other so attendees do not have to walk too far between sessions. In addition to having a variety of AV needs to accommodate various types of presentations, they must be ADA accessible and fairly sound proof. Same  thing with the sleeping rooms -- not to mention attractive and secure.

In selecting the program itself the group deliberated used a variety of brainstorming and Delphi-like analyses. They had to narrow down the list of programs and even select a branded theme and logo for the program. 

From hundreds of proposals submitted, the program had to be developed to honor time constraints, represent all disciplines and presented at the right level of complexity (intermediate or advanced only). In addition, speakers were selected for expertise in the subject and even their geographical location.

After all that hard work, the selected speakers had to be contacted to get their acceptance and agreement to speak under specified contracted conditions.

But we also had fun, sampling some of the local cuisine and taking in the local sights and sounds. There is lots of work to be done between now and July 2011. But our job is to take care of all the details so that it appears to you that everything just came together naturally.

ASCLS 2011 in  Atlanta July 26-30 will be a phenomenal blend of learning, fun, food and excitement. There is much more to come. Y'all stay tuned.


Thanks for the info, Elaine.

I hope you and your colleagues from Quest will be able to atend the meeting. I think 1-day registrations are an excellent way for laboratorians to "get a taste" of the meeting, without necessarily taking a lot of time off from work. Employers can also spread their  resources around by allowing different groups of employees to attend different presentations. That way, more people benefit, and the lab is still adequately covered at all times.

Since Georgia will be the host state maybe Quest Tucker could establish a presence at the host booth/table.

Glen McDaniel October 22, 2010 5:13 PM

Glen -

if you have attendees that are interested in LEAN the Quest Diagnostics lab in the Atlanta area is an excellent example and learning experience. Please let everyone know this is available to them!

Elaine Ober, Medical Sales - Hospital Acct Exec, Quest Diagnostics October 19, 2010 2:20 PM

I like when the meetings are on the east coast. Most people dont realize how far in advance people plan for meetings. We have to pay our way to meetings these days so we all like the ducation, but also look for  a city where we can have some fun. When the meeting was in Chicago I took a family vacation in Chicago  after the meeting.

Janis E October 7, 2010 3:56 PM
Pompano Bch FL

ASCLS is so excited to be in Atlanta in 2011. It is the first time in 14 years! The proximity to CDC will ensure we have a great program full of cutting edge educational offerings. Meeting with AACC will provide many opportunities to share sessions and speakers, not to mention the Clinical Lab Expo. Don't forget the importance of networking with colleagues and industry representatives when you make your plans to attend this great meeting.

Lynda Britton, ASCLS - Chair, Annual Meeting Steering Committee October 6, 2010 5:57 PM
Shreveport LA

Glen: Interesting behind the scenes look at the extensive planning. We are certain the efforts of planning will pay off. Certainly, Atlanta will prove to be a wonderful host city.

Matthew T. Patton, , Editor ADVANCE October 1, 2010 12:05 AM
King of Prussia PA

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